Don't Miss: Seminars at the NW Garden Show

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By Jen Power

This week, gardeners, landscapers and aspiring green thumbs from all over the Puget Sound area will head to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show (Feb. 18-22, WA State Convention Center). This year’s theme is “Sustainable Spaces - Beautiful Places,” and their list of seminars runs the gamut from choosing native blooms to non-toxic tools for keeping your plants pest-free. Below are a couple of talks on my personal “must see” list.

(Also, I've heard that this year might be the last for NWFGS -- unless a buyer is found, the present owner will close up shop after the 2009 show. So enjoy the masses of plants on display downtown while you can!)

Greening Your Garden: Simple, Significant Steps to Protect the Planet
Speaker: Joe Lamp'l (TV & radio host, columnist & author, 'The Green Gardeners Guide')
Thursday, February 19 at 11:15 AM in the Hood Room (2AB)

Since gardens (sadly) aren’t sustainable by default, this is a good guide to make sure your garden is green in every way.

Best Waterwise Plants
Speaker: Nan Sterman (TV host, writer & author, ‘California Gardener’s Guide)
Thursday, February 19 at 4:00 PM in the Rainier Room (3AB)

Climate change is going to mean wetter winters and drier summers, so incorporating waterwise plants into your landscape is a good way to start preparing for seasons to come.

High-Impact, Low-Care Plants
Speaker: Tracy DiSabato-Aust (Tracy DiSabato-Aust - Ohio designer & author, '50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants')
Friday, February 20 at 11:30 AM in the Rainier Room (3AB)

For everyone who believes that they have a black thumb, I have news: you too can be a gardener. And a sustainable one, to boot. Tracy DiSabato Aust will show you how to get started with plants that are hardy, forgiving, and well-adapted to the Pacific Northwest.

Grow Fruits & Berries Anywhere
Speaker: Mallory Gwynn (Portland TV host of "Simply Gardening")
Saturday, February 21 at 12:30 PM in the Monrovia DIY Stage

What’s more local than your own backyard (or for many of us, a balcony or deck)? This is the seminar for all the city dwellers with little space who are longing for some fresh and sustainable produce of their very own.

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: 'Green' Management of Pests & Diseases
Speaker: Melinda Myers(columnist, TV host & author, 'Can't Miss Small Space Gardening')
Saturday, February 21 at 2:15 PM in the Monrovia DIY Stage

Yes, there is life in the garden after Raid and Roundup! Learn the eco-friendly way to keep the slugs from eating all your lettuce.

Photo credit: flickr/FallenPegasus, Creative Commons license.

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